Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oscar Snubs Clint Eastwood

Given the politically incorrect nature of Gran Torino I didn't think it would get many Academy Award nominations but I thought Clint Eastwood would at least get a nomination for Best Actor. But alas he was passed over for Brad Pitt. So Gran Torino received no nominations. A triumph of style over substance. Nothing new in Hollywood.

Not that Eastwood hasn't had share of Oscars for films like Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. I'm sure they'll give him a Lifetime Achievement Award next year to make up for this year's snub. But Gran Torino is to be Eastwood's last work as an actor. His performance is unforgettable and was worthy of recognition by the Motion Picture Academy. But recognition or not, Eastwood's performance as Walt Kowalski will be remembered long after the performances of Pitt, Sean Penn, Frank Langella and Richard Jenkins have been forgotten.

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